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Why Is Properly Cleaning Healthcare Facilities So Importan

12 Mar 2020 12:07 PM | Ed Bubb

"Why Is Properly Cleaning Healthcare Facilities So Important" 

There are at least 3 reasons why properly cleaning healthcare facilities is so important.  The primary reason is to keep individuals (patients, residents, staff, visitors) as healthy as possible.  To ensure the cleaning industry follows specific guidelines to reduce the risk of transferring infectious matter.  This is not a fail-proof method, because unless rooms and equipment are disinfected continuously throughout the day – infectious matter can easily be spread.  Unless visitors and staff wear protective wear, they too can inadvertently transfer infectious matter.

Example: a room has just been cleaned and sanitized or the restroom has been disinfected.  A visitor or the patient/resident coughs or sneezes without covering their mouth or into their hand(s).  Infectious matter can now be spread unknowingly through touching (bedding material, remote control, flooring, coffee cup, shaking hand, fist bump, etc.)

A secondary reason is the cost associated with additional sickness caused by the transfer of infectious matter. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1 in 20 patients will acquire an infection during a stay in a healthcare setting where they are receiving medical or surgical treatment. These healthcare-associated infections (HAI) result in nearly $33 billion dollars in preventable healthcare costs per year.

With Medicare and Medicaid payments now tied to how well healthcare providers protect patients from hospital-acquired infections, reducing HAIs has become an even larger priority for healthcare facilities.”

A tertiary reason, is physical appearance.  If a room/area is not kept in clean and organized manner, it can become challenging to identify possible hazards, such as, spills on flooring, frayed carpet, or electrical cords running under carpets/rugs.  These can cause unintended slips or falls causing injury to patient, visitor, staff or contractor. 

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